AOP recruits for the Grassroots Leadership Development (GLD) Program each year during the months of September-December. GLD is a leadership training program that helps people become better, more effective leaders in their communities. Once a month from January until May, participants meet for trainings. They practice what they've learned in applied tasks, building a portfolio of their work. Participants come from across the state, representing diverse communities, backgrounds, interests, and abilities. GLD brings them together for training that is designed to enhance their existing skills, teach new skills and facilitate constructive work for change in communities and organizations back home. Applications are available on the website.
"As a result of this training, I am now visible in my community, elected officials know I am there, and people are calling me to express their concerns on upcoming issues.”
“It is great to be in the presence of individuals who are passionate about the work they are doing. It is an affirmation for me that I am not alone and my work is not and will not be in vain.”